Turkey lies at the intersection of three continents and has always been the main location where a multitude of traditional and modern sports have developed. As the host of a variety of international sports organizations, Turkey also promotes Anatolian culture by introducing its ancestral sports to the world. As successful Turkish athletes become known around the world, the focus of the sport is growing day by day.
Sportiness: Sportiness was introduced in Anatolia at the end of the 19th century. Even so, Turkey draws attention to its athletes who have achieved great success these days. Many athletes who represent our country in international competitions and have won various degrees will also represent Istanbul, the candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Since 1990, Turkish athletes have achieved high ranks in competitions and have improved their performance over time. Sureyya Ayhan, who played the semi-finals at the Sydney Olympics, later became European champion. Elvan Abeylegesse holds a 5,000 meter world record while many other athletes have achieved high ranks in various industries. In addition, Sultan Haydar won the gold medal at the European Cross Country Championships in 2009.
Football: Football is one of the most popular sports that attracts a large number of spectators not only in the world but also in Turkey. In Turkey every year there are many stadiums equipped with technical improvements, as well as football clubs that have achieved great success in the international arena and football leagues with the most famous players from Turkey and around the world.
In addition to the national team, which played in the finals of the World Cup and the European Championship, many Turkish football clubs have also proven to be successful. Turkey has also had great successes in the UEFA Cup and Super Cup, as well as in the most important tournaments in the world such as the Champions League and Europa League.
Basketball: In Turkey, young people in particular show great interest in basketball. World famous basketball players play in Turkish basketball clubs that are developing every day and have achieved great success internationally. Turkey with its diverse basketball leagues continues to be one of the rising stars of basketball.
The men’s national basketball team nicknamed “12 Dev Adam” (12 Giant Men) and the national women’s basketball team called “Potanın Perileri” (Fairies of Basket) have achieved great success in the Mediterranean Games, Eurobasket, World and European championships and continue to get bigger wins every day.
Beşiktaş, Fenerbehçe and Galatasaray have achieved the greatest success among the many professional basketball clubs in Turkey. The Beşiktaş men’s basketball team has won the FIBA Euro Challenge, ULEB and Korac Cup, while Fenerbahce won the Turkish Airlines Euroleauge, EuroCup Challenge, Saporta and Koraç Cup and Galatasaray won the ELB Eurocup and Euroleague Cup.
Volleyball: Volleyball is another popular sport in Turkey that has achieved great success in this industry. Voleyball was introduced in Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century and has gained great recognition for its internationally successful women’s league. Nowadays, men’s volleyball teams are also attracting attention. Turkey is the seat of many international organizations and is increasing its success in this branch every day.
Turkey has not only participated in and hosted a variety of tournaments, but also won the European Cup and demonstrated the success of Turkish volleyball teams.
Motorsport: Motorsport, which continues to develop every year, has also captured the hearts of a large number of Turks. Turkey hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix and also attracted the attention of its successful motorsport enthusiasts.
Kenan Sofuoğlu, the super sports world champion, is the first name that comes to mind when talking about motorsport in Turkey. Motorsport activities in this country are evolving every day.
Billiards: Billiards, the most common table sport in Turkey, reaches a wider audience every other day. Turkey hosts international competitions and also receives attention for its famous billiards players.
Semih Saygıner, nicknamed as “Mr. Magic “is known as a former world champion billiards. In fact, the cue sport in Turkey continues to develop with the increase in the number of new billiards athletes.
Swimming: It’s no surprise that a country surrounded on three sides by seas should also have successful swimmers. There are many talented swimming athletes in Turkey who are competitive not only in swimming in the pool but also in swimming competitions in open water.
The national swimmer and Turkish record holder Derya Büyükuncu is one of the most successful Turkish athletes. Turkish athletes who have achieved great success at the team level contribute to the development of this sport every day.
Diving: Turkey is one of the geographical locations with the greatest underwater diversity and is the center of both free diving and diving. Turkey has many athletes who are world record holders in these industries.
Turkish athlete Yasemin Dalkılıç is the first name that comes to mind when talking about famous freediving world record holders. Turkey is famous for its underwater sports enthusiasts and the deep sea and continues to contribute to its success. Recently, Şahika Encümen broke the world record in sea diving and open water freediving.